- Oct 30, 2020
New Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told Crux on Monday that when it comes to the pope’s document Amoris Laetita and its provisions on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, U.S. bishops should get together and work out a strategy rather than individually asking the pope for clarifications.
“The act of prescribing a fatal, poisonous dose, moreover, undermines the very heart of medicine,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said. “Doctors vow to do no harm, and yet assisted suicide is the ultimate abandonment of their patients.”
The three newly created American cardinals responded to Francis’s homily during the Nov. 19 consistory, in which the pope said polarization and exclusion are “burgeoning and considered the only way to resolve conflicts.”
Pope Francis’s surprise pick for cardinal, American Archbishop Joseph Tobin, said Thursday the U.S. church has four difficult years ahead as it insists on providing welcome to migrants and refugees during a Donald Trump administration.
“Why would a bishop delay interpreting and applying ‘Amoris Laetitia’ for the benefit of his people?” said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. “On a matter as vital as sacramental marriage, hesitation and ambiguity are neither wise nor charitable.”
A New York State judge has ruled, “The petitioner (Joan Sheen Cunningham) is granted the right to remove the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York … to St. Mary’s Cathedral (in Peoria).”